I know that I’ve talked about Kid President before here. If you haven’t looked him up, please, go home today and google Kid President, and watch his pep talk video. Kid President is a young African American kid who says brilliant things. Like, “We were made to be awesome.” In one Pep Talk, Kid President says: A poem: “Two road diverged in the woods…” “… and I took the road less traveled.” “AND IT HURT, MAN!” Really bad. ROCKS! THORNS! And GLASS! … NOT COOL ROBERT FROST. But what if there really were two paths? I want the one that leads to awesome.” He follows itRead More →

This sermon is based on Ezekiel 37:1-14, Romans 8:22-27, with a little Acts 2:1-21 added in. But mostly, it’s based on Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem, Nondum (which means “not yet”). Gerard Manley Hopkins was born in 1844 and died in 1889. He converted to Catholicism in his early 20’s, just after writing this poem that we’ve read this morning. Hopkins was artistic throughout his life, and apparently suffered from some melancholy most of his life, too. There are those who believe that he would have been diagnosed either with bi-polar disorder or with chronic depression had he been alive today. Hopkins studied at Oxford, whereRead More →

It’s amazing to me how much I’m learning about myself in applying for jobs. First off, putting down all my skills really focuses me on the fact that I’ve got MAD skills! It also shows off my rather renaissance quality about my skills—I do a lot of things, all of them pretty well, but I’m not too focused on one thing. I like that! I also have learned a lot about myself in job interviews. First, I realize that I really don’t ask very many questions. I think I don’t trust the answers. Instead, I learn by watching people, hearing how they share with oneRead More →

I’m always amazed at how big my congregation is. It’s not just the people who show up each Sunday morning or at the potlucks. It’s bigger than that. It’s the fathers and mothers of the individuals who show up on Sunday. It’s the children of the people who show up on Sunday morning. It’s their friends. It’s their coworkers. It’s their dreams. It’s their hopes. My congregation is all the people who are touched by the love that we feel on Sunday morning.Read More →

You’d think by the time you get to be my age, things would be a little less uncertain. But they’re not. As I feel myself being uncertain, and see my friends being uncertain, I have a few things I do to make it not seem so bad: Be Here Now It seems like focusing on the future or on the past would make more sense, but it doesn’t. Focus here and now. Because right in this moment, you know exactly what’s happening. Trust Our God has promised to never let us down. And that’s certainly true, as long as you have very low expectations. However,Read More →